The Paddon Award 2018

Our university is bursting with artistic students, from those who are active members of music, drama and art societies to those who take a more personal and introverted approach to their art.  On Tuesday 27th March I was lucky enough to attend this year’s Paddon Award ceremony; a small, intimate event which recognises artistic talent…

In My Good Books: ‘Birdsong’ by Sebastian Faulks

Heart-warming and heart-breaking, Sebastian Faulks’ Birdsong combines epic romance with harrowing warfare. Written in 1993, Faulks brings the horrors of the First World War to the modern reader in this vivid novel. Birdsong follows the life of Stephen Wraysford as he begins as an apprentice in Amiens, France. Stephen lives with his employer Rene and…

#FillTheGap Workshop and Protest with Like A Dude Theatre Company

On Thursday 22nd March, I had the pleasure of attending Like A Dude Theatre Company’s workshop and protest that questioned, and ultimately campaigned against, the gender pay gap. The experience was truly extraordinary and genuinely empowering. Here is how it went. On Thursday morning I headed out and gathered with the other participants outside of…

Review: Field Music @ Exeter Phoenix

How many cowbells are too many cowbells? The limit does not exist. Or so was the case for Field Music’s recent gig at Exeter Phoenix. Both Field Music, fronted by Sunderland-hailing brothers Peter and David Brewis, and their warm up act, Mary Epworth, certainly delivered on that front, treating the audience to a celebration of…

Review: May Your Kindness Remain by Courtney Marie Andrews

Country singer-songwriter Courtney Marie Andrews became something of an overnight success in America after her critically-acclaimed breakthrough album Honest Life was released last year. Prior to that, she’d spent over ten years trying to break into the business as a solo artist, ever since she left her home state of Arizona at the age of…

Review: ‘One Man, Two Guvnors’ by Exeter University Theatre Company

Thoroughly ridiculous and completely hilarious, EUTCO’s production of ‘One Man, Two Guvnors’ kept the audience on the edge of their seat. A modern adaptation by Richard Bean of the Commedia dell’arte play “Servant of Two Masters”, the show is set in a delightful 1960s Brighton, with an eclectic range of characters, songs, dance and foolery,…

Review & Interview: Tom Walker @ Exeter Cavern

Tom Walker is an upcoming artist from Manchester, who started his UK tour last Sunday right here in Exeter. Before the actual performance, I had the opportunity to interview him myself. For a man with such a huge voice and talent, he was actually an extremely humble and genuine guy and was very happy to…

Review: A Fantastic Woman

The winner of this year’s Academy Award for Best Foreign Film, A Fantastic Woman, is a fascinating exploration of discrimination, love, and grief portrayed through a stunning performance by Chile’s first openly transgender actress, Daniela Vega. The film follows Marina (Daniela Vega), a waitress and singer, in the days following her boyfriend Orlando’s (Fancisco Reyes)…

Unimumma’s Week 4 Recipes: Ham and Beetroot Salad Lunchbox

Makes 1-2 servings (but can be easily double although you may want to make fresh that morning or night before so ingredients don’t go soggy in the fridge) Ingredients 1 raw beetroot 1 tsp wholegrain mustard Ham trimmings (do not be put off by buying ham trimmings, they are significantly cheaper, and are lot more…

Unimumma’s Weekly Meal Plan: Week 4

This week heavily features a great root vegetable which is commonly underappreciated and feared: the beetroot! I know many people don’t like beetroot, but I have discovered new ways to make it delicious. It is a great source of calcium, iron, vitamins A and C, manganese, potassium, and folic acid! So give these recipes a…

Review: Semi-Toned @ Exeter Northcott

The day after the release of their third EP “Strike Three”, Semi-Toned take to the stage of the sold-out Northcott Theatre, where major national productions have run: not a bad venue for the 12-man student led a cappella group. The show is powerful, dramatic and showcases a highly impressive range of musical styles, vocals, and…

#PressForProgress Inspiring Women

Imagine it. A room full of leading women in the arts and creative industries, spread out across different tables with the sole purpose of divulging all of their own personal tips and tricks to succeeding in the arts industry as a woman. Too good to be true, right? Wrong. On Thursday 8th March, I was…

Review: Lady Bird

When I was about 16 I stumbled across Frances Ha, Greta Gerwig’s writing debut, on Netflix. I fell in love with it and watched it constantly, I even changed my cover picture on Facebook to a black and white still from the film (oh to be an obnoxiously edgy 16 year old again). In the…

Preview: A Fantastic Woman

Winner of this year’s Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film, A Fantastic Woman will be shown at The Exeter Phoenix this weekend. The film follows the experiences of a transgender woman called Marina in the aftermath of her boyfriend’s death. The film was written and produced by Gonzalo Maza, a current student at Exeter…

Review: Pan’s Labyrinth

Mexican-born director Guillermo Del Toro seamlessly blends two supposedly juxtaposed film genres in this 2006 Spanish masterpiece: the fairy-tale and the brutal war narrative. Set in Spain in 1944, after the end of the Spanish Civil War, young Ofelia is taken with her pregnant mother to their new home of her new Fascist stepfather, Captain…

In My Good Books: ‘Nutshell’ by Ian McEwan

Acclaimed as the modern Hamlet, Ian McEwan reaches Shakespearean levels of genius in his recent novel, Nutshell. The first McEwan novel I read was Atonement, a timeless war-time romance that entranced me. Yet, McEwan has proved that he is unlimited in his ability to master every genre of literature. It is therefore unsurprising that The…

Ethical Fashion: What It Is & Where To Shop

The fashion industry is one of the biggest contributors to pressing global issues such as climate change and modern slavery. However, the ethical fashion movement seeks to address the social and environmental impacts of fast-fashion consumption. One of the key aims of ethical fashion is the fight for human and animal rights. The movement seeks…

Unimumma’s Week 3 Recipes: Prawn Curry and Cauli Rice

(Serves 2) Ingredients 1x Pepper 1x Onion 200g Frozen Prawns 200g Tinned Tomatoes 2 Tbsp Low Fat Crème fraîche 4 Tsp Curry Powder 2 Tsp Lazy Garlic ¼ Caulifower 3 Tsp Olive oil Method Fry off the peppers and onion in 2 tsp of olive oil, once softened add in the garlic and curry powder…

Review: You Were Never Really Here

Lynne Ramsay’s latest feature is nasty, brutish, and short. Is that a good thing? In a world of cinema so desensitised by gratuitous violence, sexual deviancy and general nastiness, it’s hard to tell anymore. Joaquin Phoenix plays, with his usual withdrawn performative mastery, a PTSD-suffering hitman hired to recover the daughter of a politician (Ekaterina…

Preview: Tom Walker @ Exeter Cavern

If you like listening to new and upcoming artists and want to expand your playlists, then grab a ticket to see Tom Walker at Cavern, on Sunday 18th March at 19:30. Tom Walker, a singer/songwriter from Manchester, is an up and coming artist in Indie folk, pop and rock. His immalgamation of genres make his…

Preview: Exeter University Concert Band’s ‘Spring Concert’ @ St Davids Church

Following the success of their Christmas concert in St Margaret’s Church, Topsham, Exeter University Concert Band will be performing a new program of music at their Spring Concert, this Saturday, 17th March, at St David’s Church, Exeter. Regularly performing across Exeter and the South West, the band, Exeter’s largest ensemble with over 115 members, also…

Unimumma’s Week 3 Recipes: Salmon Stir Fry

(1 Serving) Ingredients 3 Tbsp Soy Sauce 2 Tsp Lazy Garlic 2 Tsp Lazy Chili 2 Tsp Ginger Paste 1 Frozen Spinach cluster Handful of broccoli ½ Yellow Pepper ½ Onion ½ Lime Juice Method In a sandwich bag add in half the soy sauce, half the garlic, chili and ginger, and the salmon fillet….

Unimumma’s Weekly Meal Plan: Week 3

As spring gets closer, some us are already starting to panic about that ideal ‘summer bod’. To help you on your way, here are some low carb meals that are packed full of flavour and made with plenty of veg to make you feel satisfied and full! Three Main Recipes: Turkey Koftas and Healthy Slaw…

48 Hours in Rio

Rio de Janeiro is synonymous with how we imagine Brazil,  from magnificent views over miles of sun-kissed beaches, to the lofty heights of Christ the Redeemer, and marked signs of the country’s social inequality represented by its notorious favelas. With these images being known throughout the world, Rio is undoubtedly a global icon. However, many…

Sir John Everett Millais’ ‘Ophelia’ – A Profile

Sir John Everett Millais painted ‘Ophelia’ when he was only 22. It is one of Tate Britain’s most loved paintings (boasting the impressive feat of being its most popular postcard) and possibly the most famous Shakespeare painting of all time. Painted between 1851-2, it’s an early Pre-Raphaelite work and shows the aftermath of Ophelia’s suicide…

Exhibition Review: Young in Hong ‘The Moon’s Trick’

Young in Hong is a Bristol-based artist whose work is inspired by South Korea’s recent political and cultural history. Her latest solo exhibition, The Moon’s Trick, is on display now at the Exeter Phoenix. Her work is a mixture of embroidery and sound installation which takes inspiration from found photography of urban scenes, events and…

The Best Documentaries on Netflix

If you feel like swapping yet another re-watch of Friends for something a little more intellectually stimulating, there are some great and thought-provoking documentaries on Netflix that are definitely worth checking out. Plus, documentaries are educational, so you don’t even have to feel bad about procrastinating from your degree… Seeing Allred Gloria Allred is something…

Review: Collaborators

The Exeter University Theatre Company (EUTCO) are in fine form. Having treated us to the fantastic A Clockwork Orange in January, I went to see Collaborators with high expectations. Despite being on a lower budget and prepared in less time than their last offering, it blew me away, perhaps even surpassing A Clockwork Orange in…

International Women’s Day: My Mum

HAPPY INTERNATIONAL WOMEN’S DAY! When I was a child, I used to hate my mum working full-time. I used to get so jealous that everyone else’s mum could pick them up from school and were always there to watch the school performances. However, as I grew older, I came to realise what really mattered. I…

Interview with George Mann, Writer and Director of ‘Translunar Paradise’

I saw Theatre Ad Infinitum’s ‘Translunar Paradise’ the night before my interview with George Mann, who wrote, directed and performed in the production, and is the Co-Artistic Director of the company. Mann’s powerful and emotionally engaging piece of work explores the theme of grief through the recently widowed William, who is struggling to accept the…

Review: Soldier On @ Northcott Theatre

Jonathan Lewis’ Soldier On had an interesting premise. The play features a group of ex-soldiers and other military associates who join together to perform their own original play as a bonding experience to help them through the trauma caused by war, and what happens when you leave the ‘military family’. With a cast made up…

Review: Phantom Thread

I want to preface this review by saying that I honestly do not know how to review Phantom Thread after one sitting. This doesn’t mean that I disliked the film; in fact, I thought it was great. However, I feel after one viewing I have only digested and understood one third of what this film…

The Best Pubs in Exeter

Despite its limited nightlife, Exeter has a wide-range of pubs that are suited for all occasions, whether it be pre-drinks, tasty food or simply a few evening pints. Although difficult to choose, I’ve narrowed it down into a list of my five favourite pubs which are all definitely worth a visit during your time in…

Travelling After Graduation: Guatemala

If you are anything like me, instead of spending the past few months searching for graduate jobs, you have been planning your post-graduation travels. When the struggle of final year is over you will finally be free to have a break, forget everything and do the travelling you have been dreaming about all year. With…

Unimumma’s Week 2 Recipes: Sausage Meatball Spaghetti

Sausage Meatball Spaghetti Serves 4 Ingredients: 6 Sausages (it may vary according to type, the cheapest will still be delicious!) 4 tsp Lazy Garlic 4 tsp Lazy Chilli 4 tsp Oregano 4 tsp Dried Basil 1 Tin of chopped tomatoes 1 White onion 1 Red Pepper 5 Frozen spinach clumps Squeeze of tomato puree 1…

Unimumma’s Week 2 Recipes: Chicken Laksa

Chicken Laksa Makes 2/3 servings Ingredients: 3 tsp Lazy Chilli 1 Grated onion 4 tsp Coconut Oil 3 tsp Lazy Garlic 2 tsp Lazy Garlic 2 tsp Turmeric ½ Lime (using the juice) 3 tsp Crunchy Peanut Butter 3 tbsp grated butternut squash (sweet potato would also work) 1 Grated courgette 350ml Chicken or Vegatable…

Razz’s Favourite Recipes

“I love trying new recipes, but I can’t help having favourites.”   The best, moist chocolate cake Vegetarian Serves: 10-12 slices Baking time: 35 mins Ingredients For the cake: 225g plain flour 275g caster sugar 75g cocoa 2 teaspoons of instant coffee 2 teaspoons of baking powder 2 teaspoons of bicarbonate of soda 175ml milk…

Exeter in the Snow: A Photography Collection by Razz

We reached out to our writers, creators, and photographers to capture this amazing weekend as Exeter was blanketed by crisp white snow and got some amazing photographs in response for you to enjoy.     by Owen Bell, James Landymore, Emma Hookway and Emily Stephenson

Unimumma’s Week 2 Recipes: Banana and Oat Pancakes

Banana and Oat Pancakes Makes 3 pancakes (1 breakfast serving) Ingredients: 2 tbsp Oats 1 Banana 1 Egg 2 tsp Cinnamon 1 tbsp Coconut oil (Aldi do a really cheap alternative to the usual brand) Method: Place all the ingredient in a blender (nutribullet works perfectly). Melt the oil in a pan, and ladle in…

EJ Plays: Oscar Noms

LISTEN HERE It’s awards season! And whether you think they’re relevant or not, around 1.08 million people in the UK tune in to watch the Academy Awards (according to very dependable The Hollywood Reporter), with upward of 65.346 million keeping up with the Oscar winners worldwide. This EJ Plays: Oscar Noms playlist is a compilation…

Unimumma’s Weekly Meal Plan: Week 2

After a few days of snow, where the trek to the shops seems too treacherous, this week’s three main recipes are rooted in the concept of using up your main cupboard ingredients. For me, these usually include Very Lazy chopped garlic, chilli, and ginger paste. These staple ingredients give any bland meal a far more…

Review: Translunar Paradise @ Exeter Phoenix

In a tender exploration of love and loss, Ad Infinitum’s Translunar Paradise, written and directed by George Mann, confronts the difficult concepts of death and ageing without speaking a word. This play focuses on the elderly William’s (George Mann) attempts to accept the recent loss of his beloved wife, Rose, (Deborah Pugh), with help from…

Review: Adam Hess & Glenn Moore @ Exeter Phoenix

Adam Hess and Glenn Moore brought their latest shows to the Exeter Phoenix as part of their nationwide tour on Sunday 25th February. Housemates and now tour mates, the two up-and-coming British comedians entertained an audience of Exeter locals and students with witty jokes, cringe worthy childhood anecdotes and a splash of toilet humour. Both…

City Breaks: Budapest

It was exactly four days into the second term of my final year at Exeter that I felt the need to escape and fly to Budapest. This trip was planned months in advance by the Exeter English Society, yet it came and went so fast. I set off with one of my best friends, a…

Review: BSO’s ‘Elgar’s Cello Eulogy’ @ Exeter Northcott

The Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra have once again succeeded in transforming the University Great Hall, if only for an evening, into the Carnegie, Wigmore, or Royal Albert Hall. Playing to the busiest crowd of the season, and sporting some jazzy red music folders, the BSO brought an ambitious set list to life with poignant sensitivity and…

Unimumma’s Recipes for the Week

Chorizo Bean Stew Serves 5 (as a side) Ingredients: 100g Chorizo 1x Onion Garlic Chili Dried Herbs Olive Oil 1x Tin butter beans 1x cannellini beans 1x tin tomatoes 300ml Veg Stock Method: Slowly melt the chorizo down, releasing the oils, once it starts to brown, take it out and leave the remaining oil in…

In My Good Books: The Miniaturist by Jessie Burton

Last summer I was dragged to The Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam, in which the majority of the ancient art immensely bored me. However, this visit actually led me to one of the most unique and eerie books I have read. The Rijksmuseum is home to the intricate dolls’ house of Petronella Oortman, in which every ornament…